Juventus eye Donnarumma, Szczesny wanted by Tottenham: Could the Italy no.1 return to Serie A?

With Wojciech Szczesny's Juventus future uncertain, the Old Lady are thought to be considering a move for PSG's Gianluigi Donnarumma, though they would likely have to spend big to sign the ex-AC Milan man.

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Juventus are thought to be considering former AC Milan goalkeeper and current Paris Saint-Germain star Gianluigi Donnarumma as the heir to Wojciech Szczesny in goal. Donnarumma has been playing in Ligue 1 since leaving the Rossoneri on a free transfer in 2021.

The Old Lady were widely expected to sign the Italy no.1 when he ran his contract down at the Stadio San Siro, but he instead landed in Paris as Massimiliano Allegri returned to Juventus and opted to stick with Szczesny.

Although the Pole has been a reliable presence between the posts for Juventus since joining from fellow Serie A side AS Roma, there have been some suggestions that he could seek a new adventure at the end of the 2022/23 Serie A season. With La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Fabio Paratici has made contact with Szczesny about a potential move to Premier League side Tottenham, Tuttojuve have suggested that the club are already considering their options, in case a signing is required. 

Gianluigi Donnarumma celebrates a goal with Italy. (REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo)

Both Tuttojuve and Fichajes.net have put Donnarumma’s name forward as the man the Bianconeri would like to bring in.

Donnarumma difficulties

Having joined PSG in 2021, Donnarumma is still under the five-year deal he penned at the time which runs until June 30, 2026. So, if Juventus are to sign the Italian, they will have to dig deep into their pockets and pay what PSG want to take him from the Parc des Princes. 

Transfermarkt list Donnarumma’s current market value at €50 million, and it’s likely that the French side would demand a lot more than that to part ways with him. 

Gianluigi Donnarumma at PSG

PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma acknowledges the supporters. (Photo: Getty)

Donnarumma joined PSG with the plan being for him to succeed Keylor Navas in goal, but his transition into being first choice in Paris wasn’t as smooth as he might have expected. 

Keylor had previously faced a similar situation at Real Madrid when they signed Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea, but the Costa Rican was able to keep his place in goal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for longer than many had anticipated, before eventually being overtaken after one season of the two competing for their place.

In Donnarumma’s first season in Paris, the two were used in something of a job-share role, but Keylor was then moved on in the summer of 2022 and Donnarumma is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper. 

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